Write an essay where you tell us what test preparation practices work best for you and why.
Before & after receiving my diagnosis, I was able to find a test preparation technique that worked for me. I found that writing down flashcards kept me engage at the task at hand. It forced me to become an active learner and the repetition made retaining the information that much easier. After completing the flashcards, I recite each at least three times. Following the three times, I would continue to say each one out loud and when I knew the answer or the term, I would take that card out of the pile and make a new pile of cards containing information that I had learned. I continue this process until I am able to recite each card without hesitation.
Although this process seems tedious, it worked for me because it made me involved throughout the entire studying process. It works so well that I am able to use it in all of my classes, including AP Calculus when I need to memorize a difficult formula or equation. To add a twist I would Facetime my classmates to play with the flashcards like a Trivia game. Many times we spent hours of fun together virtually without realizing we were really studying. Looking back at my experience, I realized that regardless of any personal challenges, we can all find a way to succeed on our own terms and make it fun at the same time.
Andrea from California
High School Senior
Saint Joseph High School